Industries of the Blind of Greensboro has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Sue and Gordon Cole Capstone Project.  The Cole Capstone project is part of UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics MBA program, which provides consulting services annually to an area organization that has the ability to have a positive impact on quality of life in the Triad area.

“We are honored to be chosen to receive the Cole Capstone project,” said David LoPresti, president of Industries of the Blind of Greensboro. “The consulting services we receive from this project will enable us to make several business decisions to better serve our constituents and the Greensboro community. It is an honor to be selected to receive this support from the Cole family.”

“By having our students work with local for-profit and not-for-profit firms, they are able to move from the classroom and apply their knowledge in real time to business challenges,” said Richard Browne, a professor of practice in the Bryan School. “The firms provide a challenging problem for the students to tackle and gain an actionable list of recommendations at the end of the project.”

The Capstone Program, which was founded in 2006, is open to Triad area for-profit and not-for-profit firms that are interested in working with an MBA student team to tackle a business problem. Applications for the 2014 program will be accepted through July 28, 2013.

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The Capstone Program project is the latest in a series of collaborations between UNCG and Industries of the Blind. Students in the interior architecture program recently helped develop a brand identity for the nonprofit and a redesign of the organization’s entryway.